2022 / A Few Favourites / Nina Walsh / Facility 5

Nina Walsh was responsible for two releases in 2022, that completely blew me away. First there was Music To Fall Asleep To: Delta Waves, which I purchased expecting it to be a comforting insomnia-crushing 40 minute drone. It was / is so, so much more than that. A definite journey, it’s like The Orb let loose on a classical symphony, with all manner of detail, voices, instruments, and field recordings, drifting, filtered, dubbed, in and out. Then there was Nina’s Retrospective E.P. which across four tracks, spanning twenty years, tapped into musical forces such as Big Star, Brian Eno, Johnny Marr’s jangle, and in addition paid tribute to post-punk icons Pink Industry.  Darkest Night in particular is a classic, timeless, heartbroken anthem. Here, Nina looks back at the last 12 months` listening.

Nina Walsh - Music To Fall Asleep To - Delta Waves

Nina Walsh Retrospective

Super selections and wonderful words by Nina Walsh. 

In 2022, I was mostly listening to…

ERICK LEGRAND / MES AMIS

The ever-astonishing fourth posthumous album from late sonic anarchist, Erick Legrand, dedicated to and titled in honour of those lucky enough to have called him a friend.

ERICK LEGRAND

RICHARD NORRIS / MUSIC FOR HEALING SERIES

Soothing, swelling, often pastoral layers of beauty. As the name suggests, healing.

Music For Healing- Equinox 1

STINKY JIM / IT’S NOT WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

Straight out of New Zealand, Jim Pinkney always brings a smile to any skank.

stinky Jim

SUMAC DUB / LE JARDIN DE LUCY

A great discovery from French label, ODGprod, released in 2015.

SUMAC DUB

YIN YIN / THE RABBIT THAT HUNTS TIGERS

Released on Les Disques Bongo Joe, this funky disco exotica classic is my regular housework soundtrack. It makes me dance, dust, and kung fu fight on occasions.

YIN YIN : THE RABBIT THAT HUNTS TIGERS

FR4NCESCO / FLORESTA ENCANTADA

When I first discovered this recording it sounded like the secret love child to my own C-pij01 recording, Day, so naturally resonated. Tribal forest ambient sounds to daydream the hours away.

Francesco Cucci Floresta Encantada

LEE DORSEY / RIDE YOUR PONY & GET OUT OF MY LIFE WOMAN

Lee Dorsey Ride Your Pony

Lee Dorsey is a staple in my ‘feel good’ section of the record shelves. This was my first vinyl purchase after relocating Facility 5 to Dorchester, and has been hammered ever since. Bought from the wonderful Vinyl Van independent record store in Brewery Square.

JOE GIDEON & THE SHARK / HARUM SCARUM

Still playing this to death.  ‘Anything You Love That Much, You Will See Again’ is my stand out

JOE GIDEON & THE SHARK

RECONDITE / IFFY

A bit late to the game here but makes a perfect soundtrack to fireside chilling with Binky the dog.

Recondite Iffy

MICHAEL CHAPMAN / SAVAGE AMUSEMENT

Michael Chapman Savage Amusement

Never too far from the turntable, Mr. W. turned me on to this classic album. Recorded in London, Cornwall and Memphis working alongside Don Nix. A finely woven tapestry of blues, country, folk, gospel, rock and soul.

IMPERIAL WONDERS / LORD WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS WORLD? 

The perfect theme song to 2022.

Imperial Wonders

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